Breaking News: Jenkins tears ACL, done for season
For the second straight season, the New York Jets defensive line has lost their biggest asset.
Jets All-Pro nose tackle Kris Jenkins has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, according to a report by NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora.
Jenkins sustained the injury during the first quarter of the Jets’ 10-9 Monday night loss to the Ravens. The 6-foot-4, 360 pound lineman twisted the same left knee which he had surgically repaired last season but was able to walk off the field on his own. After team medical officials stressed were optimistic there was no damage to the anterior crucial ligament last night, MRI results this morning revealed a tear.
While the loss of Jenkins is a huge loss for Rex Ryan’s defense, it is an even more severe blow to the 31-year-old Jenkins’ career. After suffering the same injury two years in a row, it likely that the four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro selection will strongly consider retirement.
It is a bitter end for Jenkins had thoughts about ending his career after last season’s injury, which derailed him for the final three months of the season. Following his rehabilitation, the former University of Maryland standout came into camp in fantastic shape, dropping thirty pounds from last season.
With little depth at the nose tackle position, it is likely that Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum will explore a trade to bring in another big body, possibly disgruntled Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth.
While the Jets can schematically deviate a plan to replace Jenkins’ contributions on the field, they will be hard-pressed to fill the void he leaves in the locker room. Jenkins is arguably the Jets most outspoken, respected veteran voice. A team that had already lost two key veterans from last season’s playoff run, Thomas Jones and Alan Faneca, will now need to search to find another vocal leader to step up and take charge.
At 0-1 and facing off against the rivaled New England Patriots next week, that search will now need to be expedited.